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Call for Papers



Workshop on Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces

 (held in conjunction with ACII'09)


Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 09.09.2009





This workshop will explore the advantages and limitations of using neurophysiological signals as a modality for the automatic recognition of affective and cognitive states, as well as the possibilities to use this information about the user state in innovative and adaptive applications.


Theme of the workshop:


Recent research efforts in brain-computer interfaces (BCI) show that brain activity can be used as an active/voluntary, or passive/involuntary control modality in man-machine interaction. While active BCI paradigms received a lot of attention in recent years, research on passive approaches to BCI is still lacking concerted activity.

However, it has been shown more than once that brain activations can carry information about the affective and cognitive state of a subject, and that the interaction between humans and machines can be aided by the recognition of those user states.

To achieve robust passive BCIs, efforts from applied and basic sciences have to be combined. On the one hand, applied fields such as affective computing aim at the development of applications that adapt to changes in the user states and thereby enrich the interaction, leading to a more natural and effective usability. On the other hand, basic research in neuroscience advances our understanding of the neural processes associated with emotions. Furthermore, similar advancements are being made for more cognitive mental states, for example attention, fatigue, and work load, which strongly interact with affective states.


We encourage submissions exploring one or more of the following topics:


* emotion elicitation and data collection for affective BCI

* detection of affective and cognitive states with BCI and other modalities

* adaptive interfaces and affective BCI


Goal of the workshop:


The goal of the workshop is to bring researchers from the communities of brain computer interfacing, affective computing, neuroergonomics, affective and cognitive neuroscience together to present state-of-the-art progress and visions on the various intersections between those disciplines.


Paper submissions:


Papers should be 8 - 15 pages long and in the format of the CTIT Series Proceedings. They should have a clear relationship to brain-computer interfacing and to one or more of the other topics listed above. 

Technical papers, as well as survey papers and empirical papers are eligible. The accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings (CTIT Series, ISSN Number available). Please submit your papers in PDF format to [log in to unmask] .


Important Dates:


Paper Submission: 15.06.2009

Acceptance Note: 15.07.2009

Camera-ready versions: 15.08.2009


Further information can be found on the workshop website.

Workshop Website:

Email: [log in to unmask]


Programme Chairs:


* Brendan Allison, Technical University Graz, Austria

* Stephen Dunne, StarLabs Barcelona, Spain

* Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands

* Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, The Netherlands


Local Organizer:


* Christian Muehl, University of Twente, The Netherlands


Programme Committee:


* Egon van den Broek, University of Twente, The Netherlands

* Anne-Marie Brouwer, TNO Soesterberg, The Netherlands

* Peter Desain, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

* Stephen Fairclough, John Moores University Liverpool, United Kingdom

* Didier Grandjean, University of Geneva, Switzerland

* Markus Junghöfer, University Münster, Germany 

* Jonghwa Kim, University Augsburg, Germany

* Gary Garcia Molina, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands

* Ioannis Patras, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

* Gert Pfurtscheller, Technical University Graz, Austria

* Thierry Pun, University of Geneva, Switzerland



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